Constructivism In Practical and Historical Context [Book Chapter]
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Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology, Third Edition, provides readers with a clear picture of the field of instructional design and technology, the trends and issues that have affected it in the past and present, and those trends and issues likely to affect it in the future. The text will prepare its readers to master the skills associated with IDT, clearly describe the nature of the field, familiarize themselves with the field's history and its current status, and describe recent trends and issues impacting on the field.
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Wilson, B. G. (2012). Constructivism in practical and historical context. In R. Reiser & J. Dempsey (Eds.), Current trends in instructional design and technology (3rd ed.) (pp. 45-52). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice-Hall.